SHAFAQNA– India has declared curfew in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir as the people of the region are determined to hold Muharram processions despite previous ban.
India’s national security adviser has announced that reasonable restrictions are necessary for peace and protection of life in Kashmir. Police also threatened locals with strict actions against those who violate the law and advised people to stay indoors and against going out of their home.
The curfew comes after clashes erupted between Indian para military forces and Shias in districts of Rainawari and Badgam on Saturday and Sunday. At least 12 people and six Indian troops were injured when Indian troops used tear gas and pellet guns against Shia protesters who were trying to go ahead with their traditional mourning processions. Shia mourners in return pelted stones at Indian forces.
The curfew is currently imposed in Srinagar’s city center, Lal Chowk and adjacent regions. Indian forces have barricaded parts of the five-kilometer procession route that passes through Srinagar city center and is usually used for Ashura processions. Residents of Srinagar told the media that the restricted areas have turned into garrison barracks with streets filled with security forces.
In reaction to the curfew and tightened restrictions, Sunni Kashmiris have announced that they will join Shia mourners on Day of Ashura on Tuesday September 10.
Source: Yahoo news, DW
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